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Report: Gwen Graham transfers $250K to state political committee

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Former Rep. Gwen Graham appears to be laying the framework for a 2018 gubernatorial bid.
POLITICO Florida reported Tuesday that Graham moved $250,000 from her congressional account, Graham for Congress, to Our Florida, a state political committee created on Feb. 2. State records show the money was given to Our Florida on Feb. 3.
Records show the committee’s chairwoman is Stephanie Toothaker, an attorney with Tripp Scott. According to POLITICO Florida, she served as special counsel for former governor and Sen. Bob Graham, the former congresswoman’s father.
The Tallahassee Democrat announced she would not run for re-election after one-term in Congress after her seat was redrawn to favor Republicans. She’s long been listed as one of several likely Democratic gubernatorial candidates, along with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and attorney John Morgan.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has already announced his run. So has Chris King, an Orlando area housing investor.
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Ramon Alexander endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

State Rep. Ramon Alexander, a Tallahassee Democrat, has endorsed Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s bid for governor.
The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported the endorsement Thursday.
Alexander mentioned Gillum’s “grassroots and coalition-building abilities for ‘generating excitement’ for the Democratic base.”
“Mayor Gillum has my full support and I will do everything in my ability to support his candidacy as he moves forward,” he told the paper.
This is Alexander’s first term in the House, representing District 8, which includes parts of Leon County and Gadsden County.
Gillum formally announced his candidacy Wednesday, but first reported Tuesday that Gillum said he was running in a conference call with supporters.
Gillum is the first person to officially declare his candidacy for governor, followed by Orlando Democrat Chris King on Thursday. No Republican has yet formally announced.
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Winter Park businessman Chris King mulling gubernatorial run

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Winter Park businessman Chris King is mulling a 2018 Democratic run for governor in Florida, sources close to him said Monday.
While not highly active in Central Florida political circles, King, president and CEO of Elevation Financial Group in Winter Park has been exploring  prospects, with national consultants based in Washington D.C., of an outsider’s run with a mixture of liberal social and business-oriented views.
The son of Marilyn and David King, the latter the Orlando lawyer who represented the League of Women Voters in its successful Fair Districts Amendments legal fights with Florida that forced the state to redistrict senate and congressional seats, T. Christopher King, 38, runs a company that invests in and manages real estate.
He has spoken at length with the Orlando Sentinel about the need to spur development of affordable housing, and last summer published a guest column in the Sentinel urging Christian churches to embrace the LGBT community, following last summer’s massacre at the popular Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse.
King, a Winter Park High School graduate, holds an undergraduate degree in religion, politics and american public policy from Harvard University, where he was elected class marshall; and a law degree from the University of Florida, where he won mock trial competitions.
If King enters the race, he could wind up in a primary battle with several other Democrats, including fellow Orlando-area lawyer John Morgan and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee.
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